Male Mahadeshwara Hills
Male Mahadeshwara Hills is a pilgrim town located in the Kollegal taluk of Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka. The History of the Shrine Shri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple has been extremely holy, It is a religious Institution and is famous from time immemorial. Male Mahadeshwara Hills is situated at about 210 km from Bengaluru and 150 km from Mysore. The temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a very popular Shaiva pilgrim centre. The The area of the present temple surroundings is 155.57 acres. The temple attracts not only the pilgrims but also nature lovers. The height of the hill is about 3000 feet above sea level.
Historical evidences suggest that the Saint Mahadeshwara must have lived during the 15th century. About 600 years ago, he came here to perform penance and it is believed that he is still performing penance in the temple’s garbha gudi in the form of a linga. The linga, worshipped now in the garbha gudi is a self-manifested one. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara’s miracles are beautifully sung by the village folk in Janapada Style. Tribals like Soligas, Jenu Kurubas, Kadu Kurubas, Kuruba Gowdas of Mandya, Mysore and Chamarajnagar districts worship Saint Mahadeshwara as the family God.
Male Mahadeshwara Hills is known for its nature Beauty,Apart from being a pilgrimage centre, It has large tracts of forest area. The beautiful landscapes of hills and valleys are covered with extensive forests. It is bound by river kaveri towards the north-east and by the river Palar to the south, Thus its an important catchment area for both these rivers. The forest of M.M Hills is famous for its sandalwood and bamboo. The forest are inhabited by a variety of animals, birds & Reptiles. It is estimated that the population of elephants at more than 2500 in the district, They are the most prominent species. Occassionally one can spot Indian bison, sambars, spotted deer, jackals, sloth bears, porcupine, etc. A pilgrimage to Male Mahadeswara temple will be complete after a holy dip in the “antaragange”, The stream flowing from a perennial source.
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Shri Male Mahadeswara Swamy Temple